Fodor's Expert Review Hyatt Place Austin-North Central
7522 N. I–35, Austin, Texas, 78752, United States See on Map Fodor's Choice
Set back from the roar of I–35, this handsome five-floor hotel built isn't the usual off-ramp inn. The lobby has a convenient 24/7 café menu and grab-and-go market, serving Starbucks drinks, sandwiches, and beer and wine most of the day. Hot breakfasts are complimentary, with updated items like garden vegetable and egg white skillet sandwiches. Spacious rooms have contemporary accents like screens separating the lounge area from the bedroom; all have pull-out sofas. The 42-inch flat-screen TVs have ports for laptops and swivel to allow for viewing in different rooms. Decent restaurants are nearby, but most of the city’s hotspots are a drive away.
Each of the 120 minimal but practical rooms feature the famous Hyatt Grand Bed—a Sealy Posturepedic mattress, down pillows, 250-thread sheets and duvet with triple sheeting. If you have extra people in the room, Hyatt’s fancy Cozy Corner sleeper sofa will give them a comfortable night of sleep. All rooms come with a 42’ flat-screen TV.
Pets are welcome for a fee.
The marble-and-wood sinks and vanities are separate from the spacious shower and toilet room. All bathrooms come with KenetMD™ bath products.
Design-wise the lobby is very standard. Safe neutral tones with functional furniture.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel has a basic but useful pool and gym. The pool is open year-round from 6AM-10PM and the gym is 24/7.
The Gallery Kitchen offers free breakfast every day. The menu serves up items like cage-free eggs, Greek yogurt and breakfast bowls. If you need something later in the day, the 24/7 Galley Menu can cook you up soups, salads and sandwiches. And for on-the-go goodness, snag a snackable at The Gallery Market.
Coffee to Cocktails Bar serves coffee in the morning and mixed drinks at night. Happy Hour is every day from 4-7 p.m. All food and drinks are 50%.
Located where two highways meet means this hotel is not pedestrian-friendly. You’re staying about a 12-minute drive from downtown, so renting a car or hailing a taxi or Uber makes better sense.
The immediate area is surrounded by chain restaurants. Next door is an Applebee’s Grill + Bar (3-minute walk), Buffalo Wild Wings (4-minute walk) and Denny’s (6-minute drive). If you want something local, head to Tex-Mex eatery Vivo (7-minute drive) and Peruvian restaurant Lima Criolla (5-minute drive). Both offer a unique and local experience.
Ojos Locos Sports Cantina (3-minute walk) is located in the same parking lot. Similar to Hooter’s, this, er, breastaurant, offers Mexican fare, decadent mixed drinks and beer in frozen glasses. For something a little less busty, check out Black Star Co-op, a co-op brewery that gives their employees a livable wage. Beers are rotated seasonally and the popular spot also hosts trivia nights and live music.
WHY WE LIKE IT
What the hotel lacks in ambiance and location makes up for in comfort level. The Hyatt Grand Bed is a pretty sweet deal for the weary travel. If making sure you have a comfortable night sleep is a priority, this hotel is a sound option. Just know that you’re going to have to rent a car or take an Uber to get anywhere interesting.